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Universal Preschool for Families

2024-25 Universal Preschool Family Application is Open



All families with eligible children (the year before kindergarten) may register at upk.colorado.govAll families must complete a new registration for the 2024-25 UPK year. If you have ANY questions about registering, have trouble logging in, or need to make changes at any point, please contact crivas@mtnvalley.orgPlease be sure to complete ONLY ONE application per eligible child. If the family registered as a 3-year-old, they may use the same login created for Year One and then will choose that they are registering for the 2024-25 year.



In the coming school year, Special Education Administrative Units (AUs) will be responsible for the placement of children eligible for special education. Families of children with IEPs are not able to select a program or a site when submitting their application. The application goes directly to the school district or Pikes Peak BOCES to work with the family for placement. All children eligible for special education with an IEP will receive funding in accordance with their IEP.

Why should families participate?

The goal of UPK is to create equal access to quality education before kindergarten AND help reduce the overall cost of childcare for families.


Qualifying Factors

  • Low-income (270% of 2023 Federal Poverty Guidelines)
  • Child is a dual-language learner
  • Child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Child is currently in foster or non-certified kinship care
  • Child is identified as homeless
    • Families of children in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten who are low income AND have one other qualifying factor, are eligible for an additional 15 hours stacked on top of the half-day programming, pending eligibility confirmation and available funding.

If your family qualifies as low-income, you will be asked to upload proof. The system accepts pictures and pdfs. You can upload it after submitting your application if needed. 


How do I apply?

The Colorado Department of Early Childhood has created a portal for families to apply for UPK funding. You can find it at

We have created a website for families with more information to help answer additional questions you might have. Click HERE for more details.

Click HERE for our UPK family flyer!

UPK Colorado Matching Process Explained